We have been dealing in pictures for nearly forty years, initially at antique fairs throughout Kent, Surrey and Sussex. In 1996 we took over the running of the antique fairs at the Spa Hotel Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge School and ran both till 2001. The fairs were very well supported and concentrated on antiques rather than collectables.
However in 2001 Kent County Council unilaterally decided to introduce a Bill which placed certain restrictions and obligations on dealers who trade in the county. Overnight this Bill did more to damage the antique trade in Kent, and particularly antique fairs, than any downturn in the economy could ever have done. All the efforts we put in to make our fairs successful ended up counting for nothing. Sadly this Bill is still in place and the county now only hosts a fraction of the events it did prior to its introduction.
During this time we were trading in antiquarian pictures at Burgate Antiques, Canterbury, 1990 to 2006. In 2006 we decided to concentrate on selling solely online as we felt this would give us a wider audience.
This website was launched in October 2007 and quickly built up a good, loyal and knowledgeable following until we decided to retire in December 2017.
Sadly, after dealing for so long, I found I missed the buzz of the auction and the fairs. The pleasure of buying early and interesting pictures and maps never leaves you which is why I decided to re-launch the site, only with a difference, I will now be concentrating on London and the River Thames. At the moment our stock is limited but we will be adding new items all the time so please keep looking.